Scam Signature Message: See Who Viewed Your Profile
By now, so many people on Facebook have come to realize that Profile Spy apps are bogus, so this scammer tries to lure people in one more time by saying this one actually scans your account and shows you who were spying on you. (how do you like that grammar?)
Scam Type: Rogue Application, Survey Scam
Trending: February 2011
Why it’s a Scam:
Once you click on the Wall Post link, you are taken to the following page and asked to install the “Original stalker” Facebook application.
If you click the “Allow” button, you must agree to give the application developer full access to your basic information, the right to post to your wall, send you email, access your data at any time and Manage your pages. Granting this access allows the scammer to spam their message on your News Feed, and this application could create a fake Facebook on your behalf. You should never give a third party application this much access unless you are 100% sure of their intentions and authenticity. If you do proceed and install the application, the page redirects to the following:
I don’t know if it was intentional, but the scam creator has changed the order up a bit on this one. Usually, you will see this screen first and then be redirected to the Facebook application screen. Notice the “Verified App” button, the high user rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars and the large number of users, this is the scammer’s way of trying to bring legitimacy to the application and to make the uninformed user more likely to fall for their tricks.
If you do proceed and click “Enter,” you are presented with a typical survey scam:
Completing the survey will not reveal who stalks your profile. The scammer lures you in with a false promise, hoping you will follow through and complete the survey. Each time someone completes a survey they get paid. Don’t complete any surveys and give them personal information they can use to do you harm. Some surveys require you to download a game to proceed. These downloads often contain viruses or other malware that can infect your system. Never download anything from scams like this.
Keep in mind that profile spy and stalker apps are all bogus and violate Facebook’s TOS. For more information about them check out our in dept article:
How to Deal with the Scam:
If you did make the mistake of installing the application and passing the link onto your friends, you should clean-up your newsfeed and profile to remove references to the application. You also need to access your privacy settings and remove the application.
If you or your Facebook friends are falling for tricks like this, it’s time to get yourself informed of the latest threats. Be sure to join the Facecrooks page on Facebook to stay informed of the latest security issues. Also check out: